Bushfires have always been a summer threat during dry times on the south coast. However, with the impact of climate change, prolonged drought conditions created the volatile and catastrophic conditions that overwhelmed the region during the end of 2019 and start of 2020. Lives lost and thousands of homes, dwelling and businesses destroyed have decimated many aspects of the south coast including our emotional well being, economy, social and physical infrastructure and environment. It is a summer no one wants to repeat.
SHASA promotes actions that respond positively to this bushfire threat. These include:
- Develop a fire plan that reflects the reality of the situation we now confront
- Build infrastructure ‘hardened’ to meet future fire events
- Resource and educate the community to be proactive and engaged around responding to fire threats
- Create appropriate community shelters and resources that can be utilised during fire events
- Recognise that climate change is an underlying driver of current and future fire events. SHASA believes the Eurobodalla Shire Council needs to declare a climate emergency and start preparing urgently for future fires and other climate events such as drought and floods. Our lack of preparation during the 2020 bushfires showed how vulnerable we are.
- Upgraded the Moruya Red Door Hall to be a heatwave and bushfire haven funded through grants from the NSW Infrastructure Grant Fund and Federal Government Stronger Communities Fund. Read more here.
- Prepared submissions to the NSW and Federal bushfire inquiries in 2020
- Donated funds to help restore power to families without power after the 2020 bushfires. Read more here.
- For those of us who are rebuilding following the fires, SHASA has developed a simple list of things to consider to make your house more comfortable and cheaper to run. We hope you find it useful. Read more here.